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Old 01-26-2016, 08:21 AM   #1
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Leave plugged in or not?

Hello friends! I am fairly new at this and have a brand new 2016 Forest River Vibe 268 RKS. The question in my mind is: should I leave it plugged in to the 120v service over the winter? Nothing is on inside but was wondering if it keeps the batteries topped off while plugged in or if it is actually bad for the batteries. I don't want to cook them dry but, if it doesn't trickle charge them at all, no need to keep the microwave clock functional. Thanks for your knowledgeable replies!!!
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:26 AM   #2
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Did you get a build sheet with your trailer....should have the converter model number...google that number for info on converter (and brand)
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:30 AM   #3
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Make sure your bats are fully charged, then use a float charger hooked to the battery(s). I say that because its works fine, and you are not using your converter for months on end, just to maintain your bats. Think useful life of any electrical equipment and replacement costs associated therewith. Converter $120 +, China freight float charger on sale $8 bucks.
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:34 AM   #4
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I have left the unit plugged in with all the RV's we've owned and have never had a problem.

There are parasitic power draws on the battery unless you completely disconnect it, and if you do that you still have to have some way to keep it maintained. I choose to let the converter/charger maintain it and keep the RV ready to go all the time.

If you completely winterize the unit and shut it down for a length of time, I'd suggest removing the battery(s) and maintaining them separately over the winter.
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:42 AM   #5
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I see in this "owners manual" that it DOES charge the batteries while plugged into 120v power supply. I have no build sheet telling me anything about this particular power converter. I do not expect it to be sitting for much longer, perhaps less than a month so maybe it will be ok. Thanks for the advice!!
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Old 01-26-2016, 08:43 AM   #7
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Most of the chargers built onto the Converter units are not the best of battery chargers. Some of the built-in chargers do not adequately reduce the charging level as the battery reaches full charge. As an option, you could use a good external/separate battery charger/maintainer. It's very important to always keep a eye on the liquid level in your batteries. So essentially, you have a choice as to which method you use. In either method, keeping the battery full of liquid is a normal task when you own a RV so you should make it a weekly task regardless if it's being stored or on the road.
You should also turn off the 12V switch on your unit when in storage. This will stop most, if not all, the drain on you batteries from various alarms, on/off lights, etc.
In my opinion, not plugging the unit in is not the best of choices when you have 120v available to your unit.
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This trailer has a 3 stage converter...has always been plugged in and has NEVER needed water added to battery....I check it once a month.
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This trailer has a 3 stage converter...has always been plugged in and has NEVER needed water added to battery....I check it once a month.
Interesting! I've owned 12Rv's including 3 diesel pushers (Gulfstream, Monaco Dynasty, Allegro Bus), and have NEVER had batteries that didn't occasionally need water. Only batteries that I've owned in all my years that didn't need water now and then were "sealed units".
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Guess I've just been lucky so far.......batt. is a group 31 from Costco
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